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News Releases

News Release ~ 10/31/14
Clemency Project 2014 Well Underway and Reviewing Thousands of Federal Prisoner Applications
--Washington, DC (Oct. 31, 2014) – Clemency Project 2014 is a working group composed of lawyers and advocates including the Federal Defenders, the American Civil Liberties Union, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, the American Bar Association, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, as well as individuals active within those organizations. It launched in January after Deputy Attorney General James Cole asked the legal profession to provide pro bono assistance to federal prisoners who would likely have received a shorter sentenced if they had been sentenced today. Read More

News Release ~ 12/17/14
Clemency Project 2014 Applauds President Obama for Granting Eight Commutations -- Washington, DC (Dec. 17, 2014) – President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of eight federal prisoners, and pardoned 12 others on Wednesday. These mark the first commutations the President has granted since the U.S. Department of Justice announced its clemency initiative in April of 2014. Read More

News Release ~ 01/16/15
Clemency Project 2014: A Historically Unprecedented and Wholly Independent Volunteer Effort By the Nation’s Bar -- Washington, DC (Jan. 16, 2015) – An army of volunteer lawyers are diligently working on behalf of thousands of prisoners who have requested free legal assistance in drafting and submitting clemency petitions. This unprecedented, wholly independent effort by the bar, facilitated by the organizations which make up Clemency Project 2014, seeks to achieve justice for those prisoners.  It reflects these organizations’ shared commitment to the highest calling of the legal profession. Read More

News Release ~ 3/31/15
Clemency Project 2014 Applauds Obama Administration’s Clemency Grants; Hopes Raised Across the Nation for More Routine Exercise of Executive Clemency Power -- Washington, DC (March 31, 2015) – Today’s 22 clemency grants, including in cases in which clemency was supported by volunteer lawyers through Clemency Project 2014, indicates that the Obama Administration is beginning to deliver on its promise of a significantly increased exercise of its executive clemency power. With thousands serving draconian sentences for non-violent offenses in the nation’s federal prison system, the moral imperative for the use of this constitutionally granted prerogative is apparent, particularly in those cases where changes in law or policy in the years since many of these people were sentenced mean that, if imposed today, their sentences would be substantially shorter. Read More

News Release ~ 7/13/15
Clemency Project 2014 Applauds Commutation of 46 Federal Prison Sentences -- Washington, D.C. (July 13, 2015) -- President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 46 prisoners today, 4 of whom were early applicants who had their petitions reviewed and supported by Clemency Project 2014.
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News Release ~ 12/18/2015
Clemency Project 2014 Welcomes Commutation of 95 Federal Prison Sentences -- Washington, D.C. (Dec. 18, 2015) – In his first clemency grants since July, President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 95 prisoners today, 27 of whom were applicants whose petitions were supported by Clemency Project 2014. Read More

News Release ~ 1/19/2016
Clemency Project 2014 Statement Regarding the U.S. Pardon Attorney
– Notwithstanding the change of leadership in the Office of the Pardon Attorney, Clemency Project 2014 strongly believes in President Obama’s commitment to the clemency initiative his administration announced in early 2014. Indeed, Clemency Project 2014 remains heartened by the publicly stated commitment of the White House and the President personally to the clemency initiative and that this effort will likely be an important part of his Presidential legacy. Accordingly, we look forward to a steady and growing stream of commutations during the balance of President Obama’s term in office. The Project has nothing but praise for Deborah Leff’s skill and hard work during her tenure as Pardon Attorney. And the Project hopes that her successor will be equally committed to the work of that office and the success of the President's clemency initiative.

News Release ~ 3/30/16
Clemency Project 2014 Applauds Commutation of 61 Federal Prison Sentences -- Washington, D.C. (March 30, 2016) – In his first clemency grants since December of 2015, President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 61 prisoners today, 25 of whom were applicants whose petitions were supported by Clemency Project 2014. Read More

News Release ~ 5/5/16
President Obama Announces Second Set of Clemency Grants in Under Six Weeks -- Washington, D.C. (May 5, 2016) – In his second set of clemency grants in under six weeks, President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 58 prisoners today, 28 of whom were applicants whose petitions were supported by Clemency Project 2014. Read More

News Release ~ 5/16/16
Clemency Project 2014 Surpasses 1,000 Submitted Clemency Petitions -- Washington, DC (May 16, 2016) – Last week, Clemency Project 2014 surpassed the milestone of 1,000 clemency petitions submitted to the Office of the Pardon Attorney, with many more nearing submission. Read More

News Release ~ 6/3/2016
President Obama Announces Third Set of Clemency Grants in Just Over Two Months -- Washington, D.C. (June 3, 2016) – In his third set of clemency grants in just over two months, President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 42 prisoners today, 25 of whom were applicants whose petitions were supported by Clemency Project 2014. Read more

News Release ~ 8/3/2016
President Obama Announces Single Largest Set of Clemency Grants Since Taking Office -- Washington, DC (Aug. 3, 2016) – In his fourth set of clemency grants since March 30, President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 214 prisoners today, 118 of whom were applicants whose petitions were supported by Clemency Project 2014. This is more than double the number of commutations granted on any single day thus far during President Obama’s tenure. Indeed, today’s grants bring the total number of commutations granted by President Obama since taking office to 562, more than any President since Calvin Coolidge. Read More

News Release ~ 8/30/2016
President Obama Announces A Second Set of More than 100 Clemency Grants This Month --Washington, DC (Aug. 30, 2016) – In his second set of clemency grants this month, President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 111 prisoners today, 72 of whom were applicants whose petitions were supported by Clemency Project 2014. Today’s grants bring the total number of commutations granted by President Obama since taking office to 673. Read More

News Release ~ 10/7/2016
Clemency Project 2014 To Surpass 2,000 Submitted Clemency Petitions; President Obama Announces 102 Clemency Grants -- Washington, DC (Oct. 7, 2016) – Today, Clemency Project 2014 will surpass the milestone of 2,000 clemency petitions submitted to the Office of the Pardon Attorney, with many more nearing submission. And late yesterday, President Obama commuted the sentences of 102 prisoners, 55 of whom were applicants whose petitions were supported by Clemency Project 2014. That brings the total number of commutations granted by President Obama to date to 774, 356 of which were supported by Clemency Project 2014. Read More

News Release ~ 10/27/2016
President Obama Announces 98 Clemency Grants; Second Set of Grants This Month -- Washington, DC (Oct. 27, 2016) – After commuting the sentences of 102 prisoners on October 6, President Obama today brought October’s total thus far to 200 by commuting the sentences of 98 more prisoners today. Of today’s 98 grants, 68 were in cases supported by Clemency Project 2014. That brings the total number of commutations granted by President Obama to date to 872, of which more than 410 were supported by Clemency Project 2014. Read More

News Release ~ 11/4/2016
President Obama Today Announced Another 72 Clemency Grants -- Washington, DC (Nov. 4, 2016) – After commuting the sentences of 200 prisoners in October, President Obama today commuted the sentences of 72 more prisoners. Of today's 72 grants, at least 51 were in cases supported by Clemency Project 2014. That brings the total number of commutations granted by President Obama to date to 944, of which at least 469 were supported by Clemency Project 2014. Read More

News Release ~ 11/22/2016
As Thanksgiving Approaches, President Obama Announces 79 New Clemency Grants; Total Grants Surpass 1,000 -- Washington, DC (Nov. 22, 2016) – After commuting the sentences of 72 prisoners earlier this month, President Obama today commuted the sentences of 79 more prisoners. Of today's 79 grants, 54 were in cases supported by Clemency Project 2014. That brings the total number of commutations granted by President Obama to date to 1,023, of which 523 were supported by Clemency Project 2014. Read More

News Release 12/19/2016
Just in Time for the Holidays, President Obama Announces 153 Commutations; Total Grants Near 1,200 -- Washington, DC (Dec. 19, 2016) – Today, President Obama announced 153 new clemency grants. Of today's 153 grants, 82 were in cases supported by Clemency Project 2014. That brings the total number of commutations granted by President Obama to date to 1,176, of which 605 were supported by Clemency Project 2014. Read More

News Release ~ 1/17/2017
With Only a Few Days Left in Office, President Obama Announces 209 More Commutations -- Washington, DC (Jan. 17, 2017) – Today, President Obama announced 209 grants of commutation. Of today's 209 grants, 100 were in cases supported by Clemency Project 2014. That brings the total number of commutations granted by President Obama thus far to 1,385, of which 705 were supported by Clemency Project 2014. Read More

News Release ~ 1/19/2017
President Obama Caps Final Full Day in Office with 330 More Commutations -- Washington, DC (Jan. 19, 2017) – On his last full day in office, President Obama today announced 330 grants of commutation. This is the largest single set of commutation grants of his tenure as president. Of today's 330 grants, 189 were in cases supported by Clemency Project 2014. The total number of commutations granted by President Obama is 1,715, of which 894 were supported by Clemency Project 2014. Read More